Evanston police say a 12-year-old girl walking her bicycle across Green Bay Road in a crosswalk at Central Street was hit by a car about  4 p.m. today.

Police say the girl may have suffered a broken arm, but was not otherwise seriously hurt. The driver of the car, who was westbound on Central, was coming out from under the Metra viaduct and told police she didn’t see the girl as she turned her car southbound onto Green Bay.

Police say traffic citations are likely to be issued to the driver.

The accident tied up traffic on Green Bay Road for part of the afternoon rush hour.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Bicyclists

    Yet another reason we need to do something about these pesky bicyclists. Even law-abiding children are getting in the way of motorists not paying attention to the road.

  2. Cell phone, texting, painting nails, blind,…

    Drivers can't be bothered with bikes or pedestrians.  Have have to get somewhere, call their friends, etc.—at the same time.

    This is nothing new.  You see drivers totally unaware of bikers, pedestrians and other cars.  As long as they have their cars, they don't care.

      1. Do you think this is not true?

        I'm not sure why you say this. Isn't the report correct?

        I know of one person who was crossing Green Bay at Central – WITH THE LIGHT – and was severely injured by a car whose driver was not paying attention. I know another who was hit when riding his bike.

        Add the deaths on Central in the crossing area a couple years back and I think there is a pattern.

        And I have been guilty of not paying attention at times. It's only natural. Add in cell phones and you have a real issue that only gets bigger.


  3. Accident

    The people that posted prior to this time sound like jerks. This was an accident and you don't know if the little girl or someone else was partially responsible. It sounds like the driver stayed on the scene and didn't flee, like we here about all the time. So growup and start acting like responsible adults.

  4. 12-year-old hit in crosswalk

    Just wondering if there was a crossing guard present at 4 pm yesterday at Central and GreenBay Road?. Sounds like this happened on the way home from middle school or elementary school.  Doesn't District 65 have crossing guards at the intersection as well?

  5. Crossing guards

    I believe that it is the Evanston Police Department that hires and trains the crossing guards, as we have several private schools in Evanston, but I don't know if one is stationed at that intersection.

    1. No crossing guard there

      I checked with the police department. Their spokesman said that the nearest crossing guard is just east of that intersection…at Broadway and Central…and goes off duty at 4 p.m.  By the way, the guards are not hired by EPD, but they are hired by another city department.

      The "safe" route to school, he said, is not through that intersection at Green Bay and Central. Students are supposed to cross Green Bay a block south at Lincoln, where a crossing guard is on duty.

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